New players crucial for Resorters

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

MIA RENTMEESTER of Elkhart Lake slips past Kohler’s Frances Schueller for a shot in BEC basketball action Nov. 17. The Resorters’ Kianna Bahr watches. – Photo by Mike McGill MIA RENTMEESTER of Elkhart Lake slips past Kohler’s Frances Schueller for a shot in BEC basketball action Nov. 17. The Resorters’ Kianna Bahr watches. – Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – With seven varsity newcomers this season, it will probably take time for the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah girls basketball team to jell.

“I really don’t know what we have after the varsity players with experience. We have players coming back from season ending injuries that have not played a game in over a year. We have more questions than answers,” said Donny Kulow who’s in his 25th season as the Resorters’ head coach.

“We just don’t know how the new players are going to respond to varsity ball. We have good kids who will work hard.

“We need to get better defensively and finish on the offensive end. Turnovers and scoring are a concern for me,” said Kulow.

The Resorters finished 3-10 in the Big East Conference regular season and 4-18 overall for the 2016-17 campaign. EL-G lost to Sheboygan Lutheran in the first round of Division 5 regional play.

Elkhart’s returning starters are senior forward Kianna Bahr and sophomore point guard Ellie Ausloos. The Resorters have five letter winners back – Bahr, Ausloos and seniors Maddie Schneider, Sarah Schneider, Megan Waage and Aryka Klemme.

Bahr led the Resorters in rebounding (4.4 per game) and blocked shots with 16 last season. She was the secondleading scorer (8.0 points per

_ ___ _ _ _ _ _ _ contest) behind Sonia Schubert who graduated. Schubert was an All-BEC second-team guard the past two years.

“Seniors Kianna Bahr and Maddie Schneider are team captains and have the most varsity experience. Sophomore Ellie Ausloos is one of our best defenders and our primary ball handler,” Kulow noted.

“Senior Sarah Schneider [forward] can give us some depth inside.

“We have very little experience if you are looking for depth at this time. We have some experience at some positions.

“We will try and put players in positions to be successful. In time we hope this will be a strength,” said the coach.

Kulow mentioned varsity newcomers who have impressed him.

“Juniors Mia Rentmeester [guard] and Kaylin Kalbacken [forward] give us a spark off the bench and junior Megan Flora [forward] gives us some size inside. Freshman Avery Feldmann can play multiple positions for us and will have to learn on the fly,” he said.

Kulow stated the following keys for his team to have success:

“We need to stay healthy. We need to play as a team.”

Kulow expects a very strong conference.

“There are some top-notch players and excellent coaches. It will be a challenge every game. Manitowoc Lutheran, Ozaukee and Howards Grove are just a few [of the BEC title contenders]. There are a lot of good teams,” he said.

HG is the defending Division 4 state champion and the reigning BEC regular-season and tourney winner. The Tigers lost all of their starters from last season but are looking to contend for a league title. Oostburg placed second in the regular season and the tourney last season in BEC play.

Kulow pointed out his major goals for the season.

“We just need to keep getting better every day. We have new faces learning new roles. It is going to be a learning curve for everyone,” he said.

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